As the deadline approached to use the franchise tag, the Chiefs made a flurry of moves involving three key free agents.
The Chiefs applied the tag to OLT Branden Albert and re-signed WR Dwayne Bowe and P Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals.
Albert, 28, has played in 73 games with 71 starts for the Chiefs in five NFL seasons. He allowed only one sack and had one holding penalty in 13 games in 2012, per Stats Inc.
Bowe, 28, had 59 catches for 801 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games (12 starts) last season. He had back-to-back 1,100-yard receiving seasons in 2010-11, and hauled in 15 touchdown catches in ’10. Bowe has 39 career touchdown catches and will be the top target for QB Alex Smith in the Chiefs' new offense.
Colquitt’s five-year deal is worth $18.75 million, with $8.9 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which makes Colquitt the league’s highest-paid punter. Bowe’s deal is also reportedly for five years.
The way we see it
The Chiefs may have been 2-14 last season, but they are quickly looking like a team ready to contend for an AFC playoff spot in 2013. With three moves, the Chiefs kept their top receiver, tackle and one of the league’s best punters. Combine that with the arrival of Andy Reid and Smith, and the top pick in April’s draft, and the Chiefs are setting up nicely for 2013.
What Kansas City will do with the first pick of the draft remains a mystery. Texas A&M Luke Joeckel is considered the top talent, and Albert could kick inside if Joeckel is the choice.